Shinkansens or Bullet trains are synonymous with speed, safety, comfort and above all punctuality. But now Japan railways would want their prized creations to be known for art as well. Yes, you heard that right, earlier in October last year Japan railways announced the ‘Genbi’ which translates to contemporary beauty. It would be a one of its kind Shinkansen which would be decorated on the outside and inside by works of contemporary artists, sculptors, and photographers. As stylish as it looks in the black paint, the color also offers a contrasting canvas which is further complimented by the absence of windows on one side of these special cars.
Currently undergoing testing and the special art train will run in the Echigo-Yuzawa region. The Genbi will be more like a mobile art gallery with public viewing areas and a cafe. It would be carrying 106 passengers a third of the usual number along the beautiful Japanese country side as they try to soak up the scenery on the outside and art inside. Early this week train enthusiasts were in for a pleasant surprise to catch a glimpse of the train from the outside at Sendai station.
げんび新幹線？ 仙台駅なう。 pic.twitter.com/2Itlvb40Rt
— はるはる (@piu_adagio) January 5, 2016
上越新幹線で運行予定の現代美術を楽しめる「GENBI SHINKANSEN」が本日、仙台～北上間で試運転を行いました。 種車はE3系R19編成で、12号車及び14号車～16号車は海側(東北新幹線基準)に窓がありません。 pic.twitter.com/t275x47md2
— ＴＺ＠もう恐21_O-07 (@sayakawa3838) January 5, 2016
1/5 E3系新ニシR19編成「GENBI SHINKANSEN」出場試運転 東北新幹線 仙台 pic.twitter.com/la0CqGxHcF
— 沙羅樹 (@tendonoyuusuke) January 5, 2016
現美新幹線（GENBI SHINKANSEN) 試運転 2016.1.5 pic.twitter.com/xUJDYp9gTO
— 穀物先生 (@kokumotsu239) January 5, 2016
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